When it comes to a vasectomy, most people imagine a quick and straightforward procedure with no bells and whistles. Head in, get the snip and leave, as easy as one, two, three, right? But what if the man is looking for a more custom and pleasant experience? Women develop extensive and thorough birth plans for their birthing experiences so why shouldn’t men get the same when it comes to their vasectomy? What is a vasectomy procedure plan? The latest trend that has been spreading through urology and family medicine clinics is that of vasectomy procedure plans. One husband, in particular, got the idea from his wife who had an extensive birthing plan which led him to wish for a similar experience for his intimate procedure. A delayed vas clamping seems to be the new popular thing to do as more and more men have begun to type up their own vasectomy plans. Other more unique requests include a vasectomy doula, vitamin C infusions and dipping the vas deferens in essential oils and lathering it over your chest. What is a vasectomy? Whatever the preference, the bottom line is that a vasectomy is one of the most effective kinds of birth control. This procedure involves the cutting or blocking of the vas deference so that sperm can no longer get into the semen, with only 1 or 2 out of 1000 couples getting pregnant in the first year after. The vasectomy is usually done in the doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgery centre as the procedure only takes about 30 minutes. About the procedure On the day of the procedure, the patient should make sure that his genital area is clean. The doctor may give instructions on how to clean the area before coming in. It is also recommended that tight-fitting underwear or a jockstrap be brought to wear after the procedure. The male will be awake through the process with only a local anaesthetic applied to numb the scrotum. Once numb, the doctor will make a small puncture hole in the side of the scrotum to pull out a part of the vas deferens. A small section will be removed, and it will then be sealed with clamps and the same process repeated on the other side. After a vasectomy A man should be sure that he does not want children in the future before undergoing a vasectomy as it is viewed as a permanent procedure. Some vasectomies can be undone or reversed but the surgery is expensive and extremely difficult with low success rates. A vasectomy is a major decision for a man and since he is awake for the procedure, there is no reason why he shouldn’t get to request a bespoke experience to help him through. What to expect after a vasectomy Once the vasectomy is complete, there may be some pain, swelling and bruising in the area where the surgery was performed. The bruises should lighten and fade within two weeks and the patient should feel back to normal after a couple of weeks. The doctor will give special instructions to do the following: Wear tight-fitting underwear or a jock strap to support the scrotum Use an ice pack to help with pain and swelling Get plenty of rest Limit yourself to light activity until fully healed Dr Michael Read Gold Coast Vasectomy Centre is operated by Dr Michael Read. He has more than thirty years’ experience performing vasectomies. These were often done in the hospital surgical environment but Dr Read recognised the procedure was well-suited to conduct in his clinic, eliminating the need for hospital admission and additional hospital and anaesthetist fees. No referral is required to have a vasectomy at our clinic. Simply call us on (07) 5531 3205 and make an appointment to discuss the procedure with Dr Read. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.